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   Discussing "The famouse Shake A Paw guarantee"

Below is the Shake a Paw guarantee exactly as it used to appear on their web site. The logo image is "broken" because I didn't copy it over. This is here for two reasons (1) to be used in a discussion about reading the guarantee and responsible breeding and placement of dogs and (2) to point out that if a pet shop can provide this guarantee you surely shouldn't settle for even less from the breeder you choose. In the pet shop industry this is a pretty good guarantee. It satisfies all state laws I'm aware of. It is more than the average pet dog breeder will provide, yet it doesn't come close to what you should expect from a responsible breeder. My advice? If you can't do better than this get your dog from a rescue or shelter, at least you will be helping dogs instead of supporting the kind of practices that put them there.

 

THE FAMOUS

 

GUARANTEE

The below guarantees are applicable only if (a) your pet is examined by one of our participating veterinarians within fourteen days of purchase (see attached list); (b) your pet is seen and treated by one of our participating veterinarians; (c) your pet receives it's scheduled vaccinations (documentation of your pet's vaccinations and inoculations may be required in order to qualify).

  1. Shake A Paw

    will extend to the customer a complimentary fecal exam and puppy vaccination at a veterinarian of our choice.

  2. Shake A Paw

    will issue store credit for all medications used to cure your puppy of Coccidia, Kennel cough and URI between the date of purchase and 1 year of age of your puppy.

  3. If your puppy is diagnosed as having hip displasia within 5 years of date of purchase, Shake A Paw offers the consumer one of two options: (a) the consumer may return the animal and receive another animal of equal value, or (b) the consumer may keep the animal and Shake A Paw pay up to one-half of the purchase price of the animal if surgery is required. Note that this refund will not exceed one-half the purchase price of the animal regardless on the cost of the surgery. Furthermore, Shake A Paw will get a second opinion at it's own expense. Shake A Paw will need to have proof of the animal's operation before the monies are disbursed.

  4. If the animal described above expires from distemper, parvo, corona, hepatitis, leptospirosis, or any congenital defect from the date of purchase to the life expectancy of your puppy, Shake A Paw will replace your puppy with another puppy of equal value.

The maximum liability of all claims made on this guarantee is limited to the original purchase price of the animal, including sales tax.


IMPORTANT STATEMENT

Shake A Paw Puppies would like you to understand why livestock is a final sale. Livestock is not returnable except as stated in theShake A Paw guarantee. The following are some reasons why livestock is not returnable:

  • ALLERGY
  • LANDLORD PROBLEMS
  • BOUGHT AS GIFT
  • CAN'T TRAIN THE PUPPY
  • CHANGE OF JOBS
  • NEVER HOME
  • MY HUSBAND WANTS TO KILL ME FOR NOT ASKING
  • NOT GETTING ALONG WITH OTHER PETS
  • MY WIFE WANTS TO KILL ME FOR NOT ASKING
  • OR ANY OTHER REASON EXCEPT THAT WHICH  IS  IN GUARANTEE

When puppies leave the store, they are subjected to many diseases and parasites. If a puppy is brought back in the store, they could harm or even kill some of the other puppies waiting to start their lives with their new family. It is for these reasons that any puppies coming back in the store would have to be quarantined for 30 days before they are able to be resold. Shake A Paw feels it is inhumane to subject a healthy puppy to confinement for that period of time. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Shake A Paw would like to know that if you are unable to keep your puppy, we will be more than happy to transfer our "FAMOUS GUARANTEE" to the new owner in order to help you sell your puppy.


                                                      

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Here is one person's experience with this "guarantee" After seeing a Shake A Paw ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer . . . also Shake a Paw Puppies and McKay's fight (this site includes several stories of bad experiences). The important thing to remember is that these are just recorded examples of pet shop problems. The reality is that this kind of thing is common in the industry. The animals sold are products, not pets. To explore what you might want in a breeder look at this buying a dog checklist.

  

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